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Las Vegas Strip reverberates with Sanskrit mantras from ancient Hindu scriptures

Sanskrit Mantras in Las Vegas Strio

Board of County Commissioners of Clark County (Nevada, USA), home to the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, reverberated with Sanskrit mantras from ancient Hindu scriptures on July six reportedly for the first time.

Shemaroo releases Osho Hindi titles - “Hasta Hua Bhavishya”, “Dhyan” and “Chinta aur Tanav Kyon?” on DVDs

18 June’10, Mumbai: After the success of a series of Osho Talks on DVDs in English, Shemaroo
launches brand new series of 3 OSHO Talks in Hindi language, namely “Hasta Hua Bhavishya”,“
Dhyan” and “Chinta aur Tanav Kyon?”.

Burlington School Board, Vermont, USA urged to declare holiday on Diwali

Hindus have applauded Burlington School Board (Vermont, USA) for declaring Yom Kippur and Eid al-Fitr as school holidays.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement today, while congratulating the Board for these two additional holidays, urged it to also add Diwali, the most important Hindu holy day, to the holiday calendar.

New interreligious model of Andover Newton & Meadville Lombard seminaries appalauded

This as-yet unnamed innovative theological university will be reportedly established on June 15 next by Andover Newton Theological School of Newton Centre (Massachusetts, USA) and Meadville Lombard Theological School Chicago (Illinois, USA). Other seminaries will also be sought as partners and it will respond to the growing complexities of a multi-faith society and will serve seminarians of all religions, and seeks to strengthen their faiths and identities  not water them down.

Hindus greet new World Communion of Reformed Churches & urge interfaith dialogue promotion

Hindus have sent greetings and good wishes to newly constituted World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) and its President Jerry Pillay.

European Union Agency “takes note” of Hindus’ concern on religious equality in Malta

The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) has “taken note” of Hindus’ concern about equality of religions in Malta.

In a response to the communiqué of Bhavna Shinde of Forum for Hindu Awakening, FRA wrote: Thank you very much for drawing our attention to the Maltese Criminal Code, which you report as making one liable to imprisonment up to 6 months for publicly vilifying "Roman Catholic Apostolic Religion", while committing such an act against "any cult tolerated by law" makes one liable to imprisonment only up to 3 months. The Fundamental Rights Agency does investigate issues such as the ones you mentioned, as part of our data collection.  We have taken note of your concern and, if applicable, we will report in next year's annual report.

On this issue, Hindus recently approached various bodies of European Union (EU), Council of Europe, European Parliament; European and Malta Ombudsman; Malta President and other government offices; and even Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Malta urging them to “ensure that Malta treats all religions and denominations equally in front of the law”.

Meanwhile, in the recent past, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed and Rabbi Jonathan B. Freirich, prominent Jewish leader in Nevada and California in USA, in a statement on this issue, said that it seemed to imply that except Roman Catholic, other religions and denominations including Hinduism and Judaism were just one of the cults in the eyes of Malta.

Rajan Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, and Rabbi Freirich, argued that it was perturbing to note that a country of Europe, which prided itself for its human rights initiatives, apparently treated crimes against religious sentiment of “other” religions/denominations as less serious than against majority religion and described religions/denominations other than majority religion as cults.

Maltese islands were first settled reportedly in 5,200 BCE. Few European countries have such concentrated architecture, history, and beaches in so small an area as Malta. An advisory body of the EU, Vienna (Austria) based FRA focuses on the situation of fundamental rights in the EU and its 27 Member States (which includes Malta). Morten Kjaerum (Denmark) is the Director while Ilze Brands Kehris (Latvia) is Executive Board Chairperson.

Hindus laud French actress Fanny Ardant for defending Roma rights

Hindus have applauded French actress Fanny Ardant (Ridicule) for defending Roma rights.

Addressing the Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe in Strasbourg (France) on June 22, Lumiere Award winner Ardant, 61, declared: "We say Dosta! (which means enough) To injustice, humiliation, ignorance and violation of human rights.” She further said that society had proved to be barbarian to Roma people.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that Roma people were facing apartheid conditions in Europe and it was a wonderful gesture for Ardant to come out in their defense.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, urged other celebrities like Oscar winner Angelina Jolie (Changeling), Oscar nominated singer-musician Bono, Golden Globe winner entertainer Madonna (Evita), His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, Nobel Peace Prize winners Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu, etc., to undertake the cause of apartheid of about 15-million Roma people of Europe. Many Hollywood and other celebrities had successfully worked against South Africa’s apartheid in the past.

Alarming condition of Roma people was a social blight for Europe and the rest of the world as they reportedly regularly faced social exclusion, racism, substandard education, hostility, joblessness, rampant illness, inadequate housing, lower life expectancy, unrest, living on desperate margins, language barriers, stereotypes, mistrust, rights violations, discrimination, marginalization, appalling living conditions, prejudice, human rights abuse, racist slogans on Internet, etc., Rajan Zed pointed out.

Zed further said that they had high hopes that world entertainment and other elite would not stay apathetic and silent spectator when fellow Roma brothers/sisters were reportedly facing blatant injustice and discrimination in Europe. Zed urged celebrities to immediately come out of their shells and show strong political will, courage, and commitment in support of Roma cause.

California company removes objectionable skateboards with images of Hindu deities

California company removes objectionable skateboards with images of Hindu deities

Hindu mantras opened Boulder City Council in Nevada

Hindu mantras opened Boulder City Council in Nevada.

Just before the reportedly historic first Hindu invocation at June 22 Boulder City Council meeting, from left to right, are: Travis Chandler, Duncan McCoy, Rajan Zed, Linda Strickland, Cam Walker. Except Zed, others are Councilmembers

City Council of Boulder City (Nevada, USA), known as “Home of Hoover Dam”, opened with Hindu prayers reportedly for the first time on June 22 evening.

Hindu leader Rajan Zed delivered invocation from Sanskrit scriptures before Boulder City Council on this day. After Sanskrit delivery, he then read the English translation of the prayer. Sanskrit is considered a sacred language in Hinduism and root language of Indo-European languages.

Zed, who is the president of Universal Society of Hinduism, recited from Rig-Veda, the oldest scripture of the world still in common use, besides lines from Upanishads and Bhagavad-Gita (Song of the Lord), both ancient Hindu scriptures. He started and ended the prayer with “Om”, the mystical syllable containing the universe, which in Hinduism is used to introduce and conclude religious work.

Council members, city employees and public stood quietly in prayer mode with heads bowed down during the prayer. Wearing saffron colored attire, a ruddraksh mala (rosary), and traditional sandalpaste tilak (religious mark) on the forehead, Zed said before the actual prayer: “This is a day of honor for us when wisdom from ancient Sanskrit scriptures is being read in this great hall of democracy of great city of Boulder City.” Zed sprinkled few drops of sacred water from river Ganga in India around the podium before the prayer. He presented a copy of Bhagavad-Gita to Councilmember Duncan R. McCoy, who was presiding over the meeting.

Reciting from Brahadaranyakopanishad, Zed said “Asato ma sad gamaya, Tamaso ma jyotir gamaya, Mrtyor mamrtam gamaya”, which he then translated as “Lead me from the unreal to the Real, Lead me from darkness to Light, and Lead me from death to Immortality.” Reciting from Bhagavad-Gita, he urged Councilors to keep the welfare of others always in mind.

Rajan Zed is one of the panelists for “On Faith”, a prestigious interactive conversation on religion produced jointly by Newsweek and He has been awarded “World Interfaith Leader Award” by National Association of Interchurch and Interfaith Families.

Money magazine ranked Boulder City sixth on its list of top places to retire in USA; it is one of only two cities in Nevada that prohibits gambling; and Playboy playmate Deanna Brooks was born here. Roger Tobler is the Mayor. Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal.

Upset Hindus ask for immediate recall of skateboards with images of Hindu deities

Upset Hindus ask for immediate recall of skateboards with images of Hindu deities.

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